“Fellraisers” is the latest offering from our very own Fellephant aka Mark Birbeck.
An introduction from Mark :-
This is my latest fell running film called Fellraisers. Its been filmed in 1080 HD.
The inspiration for this film came directly from injury. My thought during injury was to make a film which represented the way I felt during that period. Notably the speed in which races come and go when I cant enter them.
The footage was filmed in 2012\2013 over the period of a year in Wales and England. I think I had two days where it didn’t rain during filming. It was a nightmare, but ultimately worth it because of the type of footage I acquired.
The race footage in the film comes from y Moelwyn, Ovenden, Barbondale, Great Lakes, Scafell Pike, Great Whernside, Foel Fras, Walsh Two Lads, Paddy’s Pole, Borrowdale, Crowhill Reverse, Blisco Dash and Belmont Winter Hill.
So here it is, an off the wall take on fell running accompanied by my own music.
Tremendous turnout of 31 Horwich Harriers today at the 3rd round of the Central Lancs Grand Prix. We had our first 10 counters in the first 34 of the overall race and have moved into first position in the series.
We also won
1st mens team of 3 on the day
1st Vets team of 6 in the series
1st vet 40 – Martyn Bell
2nd Vet 45 – Rob Jackson
2nd Vet 50 – Sean McMyler
2nd Vet 55 – Colin Wood
2nd Vet 65 – Pete Bland
1st Vet 50 Lady – Suzanne Budgett
I have to say I was chuffed at the turnout today, we had a better than usual group at the front mainly due to Ali and Martyn’s help and a very strong back up nowadays just behind the front group which seems to be getting stronger by the week, a lot of these guys are regulars at the track on Tuesdays in Steve Pearsons group and are as keen a group as I have seen in a while.
The ladies are struggling a little at the moment with injuries but I am sure once they are all fit again we will see a strong group running in these races. Well done to the ladies who raced today and maintained their position of 3rd in the series, and once again a strong run from our first lady home Suzanne.
It was good to see some old faces supporting the club again even though it was a struggle ( only Joking lads ) nice to see you – won,t mention your names, oh go on then, Steve Jackson, Allan Blinkhorn and Frank Wood.
There was a good atmosphere around the place today and I got the feeling that the club is heading in the right direction, nice to be a part of it.
See you all at the next CLGP – The Jubilee 5m in May
Having sent the final award in the post this afternoon and completed a financial statement – what’s next? Oh yes my thanks to all the very capable team that helped Horwich RMI Harriers put on 5 individual English Championship fell races at Rivington on Saturday.
The day started early with Ali Murray and myself walking senior and junior routes clearing any hard ice on the route and erecting signage. Registration, for what was going to be a busy session, was manned by Trevor Williams and Alison Gordon. They were efficient from the gun with numbers, race fees, pins, routes and questions. To make sure the little runners went the right way and turned at the right places, a team of well drilled marshals managed the races. Andy Townsend, Christa Whatmough, Kath Swindell, Pete Gillham (Chorley), Gordon Stone and Christine Ramsdale performed their duties admirably.
Next we needed to make sure the results were right – so myself, Suzanne Budgett and Jim Goodwin (Rossendale) created finishing funnel and completed the job. Trevor and Alison worked out the names of the first three in each race and presentations were possible during the Under 16’s race. It all worked like a dream – a dream team – Thanks everyone. Nearly 300 juniors in 6 races.
A special thanks to Suzanne for taking over timing duties from me during the under 16’s race allowing me to change my shoes and enter and run my 20th pike race
Many thanks to the FRA for their support beforehand, Pete Bland Sports for their sponsorship and Sweatshop for their support too. Must mention the Bolton Mountain Rescue whose contribution is always welcome. Thanks to all the parents for their support in looking after their children.
Just a short note to say a big thank you to all those who helped make the Senior Pike Race happen this year (I’m sure Pete will be along in a minute to thank those involved in the mammoth effort required to organise 5 junior FRA champs races – well done Chairman)
Being dropped into the middle of it I have appreciated the amount of work put in by many people to ensure this appears (from the outside at least) to go smoothly on the day. That’s many hours work put in over the months before hand by Pete Bland, Pete Ramsdale and Colin Jones. Thanks guys.
The team on the day helped execute their plans. A combination of people who volunteered in advance, the night before, and crucially those that turned up on spec just in case I needed a hand.
Thanks to Sue Townsend (and mum) Anna Keightley, Julie Bower (fantastic registration team), Colin Waterworth (jack of all trades), Andy Townsend, Lawrence Pinnell, Liz Sykes, Trevor Fishwick, Paul Jackson (road closure team), Dave Jackson (road signs man), Steve Thomasson, Stephen Diaz, Nina ?(sorry!), Paul Edmondson, Stuart Edmondson, Andy Porter, Maria Lowe, Sean McMyler, Caroline Brown, Mark Gibson (marshals), Mark Swindell, Kath Swindell, Christa Whatmough, Stewart Westhead, Phil Fleming, Martyn Bell and Gemma Stokes (start / finish team).
Our annual Pike Race attracted a large field of over 300 runners and was very well organised by Pete Ramsdale and his team. With the added strain of our junior races being in the English Junior Fell Championship this year the races went like clock work. Tom Cornthwaite won for the second year in a row from Gary Priesley who used to run for us. First finisher for us in 18th place was Dave Milliken after a strong race backed up by Gareth Booth and Rob Jackson doing his 30 th pike race in succession was good enough to win the Team prize. Our first lady was Lindsey Brindle 6th and 80th overall after a good race making up places on the descent. Michael Crook and Paul Murray where first o/65 and o/70 respectively.
Flemming Cup Junior Handicap Race 17th April 2013 at Bolton Arena
Starts at 6 30 p.m. Entry Fee £2. Race distance 2 miles approx. Please give a time for a recent race or time trial when entering to Brenda or Tony Hesketh. (tel 01204 668183) All finishers receive a medal and there are prizes for the fastest boy and girl and the overall winner. Race Limit 45 runners. Age limit 7 years parent to run with child maximum age 16 years. All ages are as 1/01/13.